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I am a person who likes light and lots of it. I hate when places are dim but sadly when it comes to home decorations, light fixtures are one of the most often overlooked elements. When a room is illuminated correctly, you do not really feel its presence because it does its job and you’re used to it. But if your area is not well-lit and you are trying to accomplish a certain task, you are like “Oh, crap!” and suddenly realize that something is really wrong with your mounted lighting systems. I hate when that happens!
Take a quick glance at your home. Are the rooms well-lit? Can you perform basic household tasks without having to grope in the dark? If you answered no to these questions, here are several handy tips that you can follow when choosing the right lighting system in your home.
1. Identify your lighting goals
There are two main types of lighting that you should consider – task lighting and ambient lighting. The first one should be brighter because they are placed in areas where you usually work such as living room, kitchen, or your home office. Places you need to see what’s going on.
The second one, meanwhile, is not as bright as the former because it is only used for ambiance or overall lighting. It is commonly used for illuminating walkways, sidewalks, and the perimeter of your house. Ambient fixtures should not be too dim so that intruders will not be tempted to break in, but it should also not be too bright so that it won’t disturb your neighbors. But if you want a super bright spot light that will beam any potential intruder into the beyond by all means go for it!
2. Consider adding wall scones
Wall scones are great exterior décors because they can highlight the exciting elements of your house. You can use these fixtures to provide a friendly ambiance at night. You can use directional scones for drawing attention to your garden or exterior niches.
3. Add a variety of light sources in your interior spaces
The kitchen, bedroom, and entertainment room should have multiple sources of light. This will help you perform several activities in a large space. Light fixtures under the counter are ideal for task lighting. A floor lamp right next to a couch provides a comfortable reading spot.
4. Don’t forget to add night lights in your kid’s room
Installing one or two night lights in your child’s bedroom can help them sleep alone and conquer their fear of the dark. For adults, this can also be useful for navigating across dark areas. Nurseries must have a wall scone and table lamp to make it easier for you to change your baby’s diaper at night.
Do you know other useful lighting tips? Come share your suggestions in the comments section!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.